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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

And the band played on… Alice Grace & Peter Gilligan @ the Jazz Café - May 28. Second Set

(Review by Russell)
The band – Alice and Pete – played just great, not that the Jazz Café’s audience noticed. Can you hear alright? Pardon? It was one of those nights. A busy public bar, the crowd engaged in incessant loud conversation, the bar takings good, thank you very much. Oh, well…
Alice Grace resumed with Beautiful Love – great tune. The Long Road, a Grace original, perhaps owed something to the Winstone/Wheeler sound, a sound Ms Grace gets so well and improvises on it.
 The man originally from Alabama, Mr Pete Tanton, rejoined Grace and Gilligan on a snorter of Anthropology, Pete’s busy left hand (P Gilligan’s), Pete T’s tightly muzzled mute, Alice having fun on the Dizzy/Bird rollercoaster.
Ms Grace announced to the front row: You’ll recognise this one. Quick as a flash Gilligan interjected: That’s optimistic! Ah, Minnie Ripperton’s Loving You! A super tune, it would be good to hear it again (for the first time?!) at another gig with a just a little bit of hush.
Chick Corea’s Windows took us towards eleven and Abbey Lincoln’s Throw it Away just past eleven. It had been a great evening for all (almost all, one attentive listener expressed disgust at the disrespectful, non-stop noise in the bar), the musicians Alice, Pete and Pete, troupers all, got on with it, the listening few got it, the oblivious masses responded in the time-honoured Pavlovian tradition of applauding on cue. 
Russell.    

1 comment :

  1. Sods law, I'd hoped to get there cos I've only heard her at the jam session after GIJF where she was a revelation. Plus - sexist alert - a real cutie (I read that in one of the broadsheets so I'm hoping it's mildly acceptable to the PC police). Failing that, my wife is partial to more than one Darlo brass blower, also half her age.
    I always like to hear anyone taking on Minnie Ripperton; Ella Henderson did a not half bad version on Britains Got X factor idol, though she's probably the best singer any of these programmes have ever had.
    Alleged soul DJ Trevor Nelson who, admittedly doesn't know the difference between Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince or Otis Redding and OV Wright (who he's probably never heard of) told poor, humble Corinna Bailey Ray she reminded him of Minnie Ripperton (no pressure then) and she rapidly rebuked him 'I CAN'T SING LIKE MINNIE RIPPERTON!'
    Shame nobody ever does anything else from her fine discography; Edge of a Dream which closes side 1(vinyl)of Perfect Angel which spawned Loving You is a particular favourite.
    The next couple of gigs from Alice Grace are in my diary (in pen not pencil so I'm hoping she'll keep it in her set - no pressure then.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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